Monday, April 8, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 20. Affordable housing continues to be a major topic of discussion in Alexandria. The Virginia Department of Transportation sold Hunting Point, two eight-story apartment buildings, to a realty firm. Alexandria's City Council had asked that any purchaser not turn the buildings into luxury apartments that could displace its current tenants who require more affordable housing. That message was passed on to the new buyers, according to VDOT, but was not a condition of the sale. 19. On the west side of Alexandria, the City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to major rezoning in the Beauregard area that will tear down …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Father Luis Fernando Franco Henao no longer works at St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield, and turned himself in on Dec. 19.
A priest from a Springfield Catholic Church and School turned himself in to police after being accused of sexually abusing a 29-year-old male. Father Luis Fernando Franco Henao was charged with sexual battery of an adult male, after the victim reported that he was sexually assaulted at St. Bernadette Parish in February. The victim reported the incident to Fairfax County Police on Nov. 30 - nine months after the fact. The victim alleges that the 40-year-old Franco assaulted him "while seeking support and guidance from the suspect when the suspect allegedly touched him inappropriately," according to Fairfax County Police. Henao was charged with sexual battery, "and that implies that he was touched in a place where you're not supposed to be…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Do you recognize this car?
Fairfax County Police have posted a video of a suspect responsible for shooting through dozens of car windows in the Newington Forest and Terra Grande neighborhoods of Fairfax County. Police are hoping someone recognizes the car in the video so they can locate the suspect(s) responsible for shooting the cars. The shootings involve either a pellet or BB gun and took place primarily between the hours of 1 and 3 a.m. Nov. 29. The suspect's vehicle is reportedly a silver Honda CRV. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. Read about other pellet or BB gun …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Three 16-year-old Fairfax County students arrested for possession of substance during off-campus DECA meeting.
Three 16-year-old girls were arrested last week in Springfield for allegedly being in possession of marijuana at an off-campus event. Officer Bud Walker, a spokesman for Fairfax County Police, say the teenagers were arrested at Waterford Receptions, an event venue that was hosting a regional high school leadership conference at the time of their arrests last Tuesday. They were each charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. On that day, Waterford Receptions hosted a fall leadership conference for several DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) clubs in Northern Virginia, part of an international group that trains young entrepreneurs in marketing, hospitality and other fields. Walker said officers responded to the address …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Three incidents involve man wearing red baseball cap; latest incident involved a teenager grabbed and groped Thursday morning on Erving Street.
After a 17-year-old girl was grabbed from behind and fondled Thursday in Springfield, Fairfax County Police believe the case may be linked to two similar incidents. In each of these the suspect wore a plain, red baseball cap. Each of the three incidents have occurred on a weekday during daylight hours. Thursday's incident took place around 9 a.m. in the 5900 block of Erving Street. The teenager was walking on the sidewalk when the assault occurred. The teenager described the suspect as either Asian or Hispanic, mid 30s, around 5 feet 8 inches tall with a black, close-cut beard. He wore a blue T-shirt, black cotton sweatpants with a white stripe on each side and a red baseball cap. The other incidents that may be linked are: None of the …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Fairfax County Police Department. Arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate a conviction.
West Springfield District police report the following in their July 13, 2012, weekly incident report. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. Burglaries: A resident in the 4700 block of Parkman Court reported someone entered the home on Friday, July 6, and stole electronics and jewelry. Forced entry was made through a rear door. An investigation by police led to the arrest of a 17-year-old male from Fort Belvoir. Cash was stolen from a home in the 9200 block of Burnetta Drive on Sunday, July 8. The resident reported the break-in at 5 p.m. Someone entered the home through an unlocked rear door. On Wednesday, July 11, at 3:20 p.m., the resident of a home in the 7800 block of Harwood Place reported someone entered the …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Burke resident dies of gunshot wound.
We have published a follow-up to this story with information and resources to help the community cope with and heal from this tragic event. Read it here: Suicide Prevention and Survivor Healing UPDATED 5:00 p.m. A 56-year-old Burke woman died from a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday, according to Fairfax County Police. “Preliminarily, our detectives believe this shooting was self-inflicted,” said Lucy Caldwell, Fairfax County Police Public Information Officer. “The final determination, however, will be made by the Office of the Medical Examiner.” The woman’s identity will be released once next of kin are notified. Police responded to the Target store in Burke at about noon today for the report of a shooting. Witnesses report seeing EMS …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Fairfax County's Auxiliary Police Officer Program is accepting applications.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Fairfax County Police Department is accepting applications for its Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) program. The program is comprised of an all-volunteer civilian force of 108 men and women. The trained volunteers play a vital role in supplementing the sworn personnel in essential public safety operations. They perform a myriad of duties such as staffing sobriety checkpoints and protecting the integrity of crime scenes. They also may be deployed to natural or man-made disasters. Auxiliary police officers come from a variety of backgrounds, and enhance the FCPD with their unique sets of knowledge, skills and abilities. Currently, there are doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers and reserve and retired military officers in the rich mix …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The victim was attacked along Commonwealth Boulevard.
A woman was walking along Commonwealth Boulevard near Richardson Drive Wednesday night when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown assailant and dragged into the trees. The man, described by Fairfax County Police as white, about 5-feet 7-inches tall, was wearing a sweatshirt. He used a knife to threaten the 24-year-old woman. He sexually assaulted her at around 10 p.m. The woman was able to go for help when her attacker heard a noise, got spooked and fled. Police need your help. Anyone with information about this crime can contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637. You can also call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Woman purchased $13,000 in Green Dot cards, gave scammer personal information.
A 70-year-old Burke-area woman answered her phone this week and was told she’d won $3.5 million and a brand-new Mercedes, reported Fairfax County Police. But there was a catch. The woman was instructed to purchase Green Dot payment cards, and provide the caller with the account numbers. Police said the woman purchased $13,000 of the Green Dot cards and provided the numbers to the male caller, along with her social security number, date of birth and other private information, as she was instructed. Green Dot cards are pre-paid, loadable cards similar to other brands of credit and debit cards. Detectives caution these scams are not isolated to any particular financial institution. By the time a relative discovered what had happened, it was …